Known around the globe for his innovative, employee-centric management style, Ricardo Semler is a true visionary who advises businesses on how they can significantly improve performance by restructuring relationships with their people.
Ricardo Semler is president of Semco S/A, based in Brazil. After assuming control of Semler & Company (Semco) from his father in 1980, Ricardo began a decades-long quest to create an organisation that could function without him, by studying and then implementing what could best be called “corporate democracy”, allowing employees to design their own jobs, select their supervisors, and define pay levels. He has then applied the same principles to education, banking and hospitality. All with very good results. His Brazilian-based firm’s revenues have grown from $35 million to $160 million in the past six years, despite severe economic conditions.
Ricardo Semler is now promoting the idea of designing organisations — companies, schools, NGOs — for wisdom. With a question as a starting point: If we were to start from scratch, would we design organisation X the way we have done it?
He is the author of two books: Maverick and The Seven-Day Weekend. Maverick has been published in 16 languages and sold over one million copies. The phenomenal success of his book Maverick demonstrates an eager interest in workable alternatives to conventional management wisdom. Hundreds of executives from other companies have visited Ricardo’s firm to study his success. Ricardo has been profiled in more than 200 magazines and newspapers, including a special edition of Time highlighting future world leaders. He was named one of the “Global Leaders of Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
Ricardo Semler urges audiences to take a realistic look at what works, what’s possible, and what makes sense in today’s world, given our technologies, the rapid pace of change and the increasing failure of current practice to adapt. Technology that was supposed to make life easier—laptops, cell phones, e-mail, pagers—has stolen our free time instead and destroyed the traditional nine-to-five workday. Why, for instance, haven’t we learned to go golfing on Monday morning when we’ve learned to take our work home on Friday night? For bold innovators, Ricardo proposes a way to run a workplace that leads to greater productivity and greater flexibility for managers and employees alike. And for business leaders everywhere, he offers fresh alternatives to business as usual that inspire creative solutions to modern management problems.
"Growth and profit are a product of how people work together." - Ricardo
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